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Minnesota republican lawmakers and governor Dayton haven't exactly been chummy in the last year or so. But Preston state rep Greg Davids says relationships may thaw a little. The republican chair of the house tax committee in Saint Paul says he's pleasantly surprised with much of what he heard from the governor in last week's state of the state address. Davids says, even the democrat's tone was more positive
Davids says he jotted down several positive notes about issues he'd be willing to work with the governor on. Like one of Dayton's top priorities, a new Vikings stadium.
A Sparta man who was shot by police after pointing a rifle at them last month, was in a Monroe County courtroom today. Bond in the amount of $2500 was set for 19 year old Jacob Olsen. Olsen was shot twice by Sparta Police Sgt. Booker Ferguson January 19th after ignoring several commands to drop the rifle. Olsen was taken to a hospital in Sparta, but was later transferred to Gundersen Lutheran in La Crosse for treatment of gunshots wounds to the chest and abdomen. Olsen was released from the hospital last Friday, and was booked into the Monroe County Jail on possible charges of pointing a gun at an officer and second degree recklessly endangering safety. More charges are pending a review of a Department of Justice investigation. Olsen was scheduled to appear in court again next week.
A Winona woman died Sunday morning after being hit by a car while walking to church. The accident, on Broadway between Kansas and Libery streets happened around 8am.
Among the many drunk drivers La Crosse police stopped over the week-end, is the one young woman who faces additional charges because of who she was in the car with. Cops say 22 year-old May Yang was driving early Sunday morning with double the legal limit of alcohol in her system. Besides being drunk, they say she was also texting. In the back seat, two kids; two and five years old. Only one of which was buckled in. Cops say they found a booster seat for the other child in Yang's trunk.
Local tea party activists have pitted themselves against the plan for a city administrator in La Crosse for months. Now proponents will take the other side. The Administrator Yes! campaign launches Tuesday morning in city hall. La Crosse voters will face a binding referendum in April on whether to add a city administrator. Those supporting the change say it will lead to cost-cutting efficiencies in city government. Critics say it will just mean more government.